2013-2014 Season Calendar

Contemporary music
for singers & strings

Friday, April 25, 8:00pm

First Christian Church
1354 SW Park Ave., Portland

The Ecstasies Above

The Ensemble's season closes with the music of living composers, including the U.S. Premiere of Arvo Pärt's Salve Regina for voices, strings and celeste. Twin a cappella choirs sing Hildegard Triptych, Frank Ferko's mystical setting of texts written by the Sibyl of the Rhine. Ola Gjeilo's Dark Night of the Soul sets another medieval text, this time from St. John of the Cross, and creates a one-movement work for strings, keyboard and singers which shifts between light and darkness. The concert is rounded out with Tarik O'Regan's epic and masterful setting of a text by Edgar Allen Poe, The Ecstasies Above.

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Funeral music for Maria of Spain, Holy Roman Empire

Sunday, October 20, 3:00pm

Saint Stephen Catholic Church
1112 SE 41st Ave., Portland

Victoria: Officium Defunctorum

We open our season with a performance of Victoria's Officium Defunctorum. The Officium Defunctorum has long enjoyed a reputation as Victoria's supreme accomplishment. It was written for the public funeral of the Dowager Empress Maria, sister of the Spanish king and Holy Roman Emperor Philip II. The Mass is based on a complete plainchant Mass but alternates between chant intonations and polyphony that incorporates the chant as a freely paraphrased cantus firmus. Written for six parts, The Ensemble will perform this most exquisite work with a single voice on each part.

Saturday, December 28, 8:00pm
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
426 E 4th Plain Blvd., Vancouver

Sunday, December 29, 3:00pm
Saint Stephen Catholic Church
1112 SE 41st Ave., Portland

A Spotless Rose

Our season continues with an offering of a cappella Christmas music from the last 100 years, including a selection of works by Benjamin Britten in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth. The veritable feast also includes selections by many living composers, including Arvo Pärt's Magnificat Antiphonen, Abbie Betinis' In This Tyme of Chrystmas and Dormi, Jesu, Frank LaRocca's O Magnum Mysterium, and Jake Runestad's Sleep, Little Baby, Sleep. Pieces written by Kenneth Leighton, Peter Warlock and Herbert Howells will also be featured on this concert.

Saturday, January 25, 7:00pm
Central Lutheran Church
1857 Potter Street, Eugene

Sunday, January 26, 2:00pm
First Presbyterian Church
1200 SW Alder Street, Portland

Monteverdi Madrigali

With Musica Maestrale

The Ensemble is thrilled to share the stage with Musica Maestrale as we present madrigals and theatrical music of Claudio Monteverdi. The centerpiece of this concert is Monteverdi's Lagrime d'Amante al sepolcro dell'Amata. Commonly known as Sestina, Monteverdi wrote this madrigal upon the passing of Caterina Martinelli, a student of his. The concert will feature this and other madrigals from the Sixth Book of Madrigals, in addition to solos and duets from Monteverdi's secular œuvre. Artistic Directors Patrick McDonough and Hideki Yamaya will lead a group of five singers and two instrumentalists for this concert.